Vaccinating Your Pet
Vaccines are one of the easiest, most effective ways to safeguard your pet from various diseases. As with humans, our pets can be vulnerable to harmful bacteria and contagious viruses found in their environment or transmitted from other animals. Here in Moline, we take prevention and wellness very seriously on our patients’ behalf, and work with pet owners to create long-term vaccination plans that meet all of their major health requirements. Pet vaccinations are a principal factor in the care of your pet, and can greatly enhance their quality of life.
Vaccines We Offer for Dogs and Cats
Even if your dog or cat spends most (if not all) of their time indoors, they still require certain vaccines. You may not realize it, but when you walk in from outside, you could unknowingly be tracking certain pathogens into your home. Below are the vaccines we carry for dogs and cats:
- Distemper (DHPP)
- Feline distemper (FVRCP)
- Feline leukemia
- Feline Bordetella
How Vaccines Work
Pet vaccinations work the same way human vaccinations do. Vaccines are comprised of modified or killed forms of viruses, and upon injection stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies. When your pet’s immune system is able to recognize and fight off a virus, they have immunity to that virus.
To maintain the highest level of immunity, your pet will need to be revaccinated according to their veterinarian’s recommendations. Rabies and distemper should be given annually. These are considered core vaccines, which means that they are essential for all of our patients.
Choosing Lifestyle Vaccines for Your Pet
Lifestyle vaccines are recommended for pets that are at a high risk of exposure to viruses such as Bordetella, Lyme, leptospirosis, and influenza. Our veterinarians generally recommend these to all of our patients to provide them with as much protection as possible. If you are uncertain about some of the vaccines we offer, we will be more than happy to guide you in making the best possible decisions for your pet.
If your pet is due for their vaccinations or you have questions about what your pet needs, stop in and see us!